Travel Style

I’m very lucky to be in Melbourne for a whirlwind work trip with my hubby. YAY!! On the flight here, I was thinking a lot about travel style and how mine has evolved over the years.  I always love seeing what other people wear on flights, some people are very clever with their outfits!

In my twenties I spent four years living overseas and travelling the globe, and to this day I still love the excitement of boarding a plane. In my time I’ve been on enough plane trips where I’ve worn the wrong outfit and have either been absolutely freezing or just downright uncomfortable. A few years down the track, a little older and hopefully a little wiser – I feel like I’m now on the right track when it comes to dressing for plane travel and thought I’d share my top tips with you.

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My Top Travel Style Tips

1) Layering is always your best option. If you are heading to a warmer climate, wear comfortable jeans or leggings with a tee and layer it up with a scarf and lightweight cardigan. Airplanes are always a little on the chilly side, and sometimes downright freezing so it’s not a great idea to wear your denim cut-offs and Bintang tank, even if you are heading to Bali!

2) Footwear. It’s a good idea to wear closed shoes like ballet flats or converse trainers for a flight. There’s heavy luggage left right and centre and you don’t want a bruised or broken foot at the beginning of a holiday because something fell out of the overhead compartment and you’re only wearing thongs. Boots are great for keeping your feet warm during the flight, I always wear mine to Melbourne – but if your feet tend to swell during a flight, it’s probably a good idea to choose other footwear. On long haul flights I always change into warm socks to keep my feet warm.

Word of warning: Never EVER go into a plane toilet without shoes on EVER. You have no idea what’s been on that floor!

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3) A scarf is such a handy multi purpose accessory when travelling. I always get chilly on flights and a scarf keeps my neck and shoulders warm, plus if I spill anything on myself – a scarf hides it perfectly! I love this Edwina Jordan scarf I wore on this trip to Melbourne, it’s so snuggly and warm.

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4) Wear breathable fabrics. I once sat in front of an entire family wearing shell suits and the aroma in the aircraft was not pleasant to say the least! Think cotton, cashmere and anything soft. Cashmere is the ultimate travel fabric, it’s super soft and warm and doesn’t crush, so there’s no need for ironing. I recently picked up two beautiful cashmere jumpers from Target that are perfect for travelling.

5) Take a little ‘freshen up’ kit onboard. I always pack travel sized perfume, powder and lipstick. On long haul flights I take lip balm, hand cream, face moisturiser, baby wipes, a hydrating mist, a toothbrush and toothpaste (although some airlines provide this in their amenities kit) and hand sanitiser. You want to feel fresh and fabulous when you arrive at your destination!

6) If you are travelling long haul, pack a change of clothes, especially if you are travelling with kids! We learnt the hard way when Ava had an accident while my hubby was holding her two hours into an eleven hour flight. I’d packed a change of clothes for Ava and myself, but my hubby had forgotten and had to wear his wet jeans for the next twenty four hours of travelling. Not nice!

This is an example of a great travelling outfit guaranteed to get you to your destination in comfort and style!

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Seed Striped Tee / J Brand Jeans / Witchery Waterfall CardiganConverse Chucks / Leopard Print Scarf 

Happy travels lovelies!

A x x x x

What are your travel essentials and top tips?

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  1. Peta Parks says:

    Thankyou so much I literally just had been wondering what to wear on my long to the UK in just over a couple months.

  2. Debra Lee Casadio says:

    Excellent advice Amy… Am currently packing for our eldest sons wedding in Canada, stopping off at Honolulu on the way back… I’m packing very like you have suggested, but loved the thoughts about the cashmere and scarves etc… Really appreciate your advice… Grazie bella… Xxx

    • Absolute Amy says:

      Oh wow – Canada and Honolulu will be so beautiful. Wishing your son all the very best for his wedding. You will be a seer glamorous mother of the groom! A x x x

  3. Sophisticated Mumma says:

    I’m totally with you on the layers, it’s always baking hot or freezing on board. I always pack a spare set of light clothing in the hand luggage for everyone too. Always handy in case of spillages, accidents or missing suitcase syndrome. Yuck to the toilet floor, what a horrible thought! I always take anti-bac wipes and wipe down the flip-out trays too, I’ve heard too many stories. Enjoy your Melbourne trip! Lucky you!

    • Absolute Amy says:

      Yep, anti-bac wipes at the bomb. I have a habit of wiping everything down most places I go. My ubby thinks I’m crazy! 😉 And thank you lovely, preparing to head back home to my babies already. A x x

  4. Hi Amy, loved this entry. You made me laugh because I too am obsessed with airport outfits. I carefully plan my “plane outfit” and my kids and hubby’s. Then when I get to the airport I always try to spot my favourite outfit. Slightly nuts! Xx

    • Absolute Amy says:

      You know who does travel outfits the best? The Europeans. They always appear effortless but super chic, cool and sophisticated at the same time. I could spend hours in airports in Europe just admiring their travel style… not to mention the luggage too!! A x x x

  5. Great tips! Although I never wear jeans on a flight longer than 2 hours! I find them too uncomfortable! I often wear my ‘comfy’ pants (stretchy waist pants). But definitely layer and always have a scarf! I fly in comfort not style! Lol…
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  6. Great read Amy, Being comfortable while travelling is a must and your recommendations are perfect for also looking great. I also pack a complete change of clothes in the carry on, along with anything I can’t bear to part with. This is not only to be fresh as a daisy on arrival but just in case the checked luggage makes it to a different destination than I do.
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    • Absolute Amy says:

      Oh yes, I have had to manage without my suitcase once or twice and it does help to have the essentials in your carry on. Great advice! A x x x

  7. Great tips!
    I definitely agree about layering, the plane itself is usually freezing but often airports are over-heated, so being able to adjust is super important! I always wear easy to remove shoes for long-haul flights in case I need to take my shoes off going through security, you don’t want to be that person holding everyone up while struggling with heaps of buckles and laces! I also make sure to pack chargers and any other necessities in case of missing luggage, you can survive a day or two as long as you’ve got the basics covered (including a bikini if you’re headed somewhere tropical!)
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    • Absolute Amy says:

      Oh gosh how frustrating are those people that have buckets of loose change and fiddly shoes and forgotten belts. We were stuck behind a guy at security who kept making the buzzer go off. Grrrr!! A x x x

  8. Rachael says:

    I always take a face mist which feels amazing on flights, the recycled air always dries my skin out. This is the one I have currently but I bought the Caudalie Beauty Elixir in Paris which smells like nature and is very calming on a long flight:

  9. Melissa Milburn says:

    Wow Amy!! I love your sunnies!!! What sort are they?


    Melissa :)

  10. Such good advice and I love the outfit you’ve featured. Now, if you could just teach me how to not pack so much…!
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    • Absolute Amy says:

      Oh I hear you! My hubby is the star packer in the family, and I have learnt to pack light for a weekend in Melbourne… but any longer and my packing is shocking!! A x x x

  11. Racheal says:

    Hi Amy,

    I love your blog. Your a very charming person and refreshingly honest lady !
    Great to hear all your style times and I love that you incorporate expensive and not.
    Can you please tell me where you got those black flat over the knee boats from. The ones your wearing with the ideas for traveling. They look very cool and super comfy .
    Thank you.
    Racheal x

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